Cyclist Amanda Reid has won Australia’s seventh gold medal of the Tokyo Paralympics, with a victory in the women’s C1-3 500m time trial.
- Amanda Reid’s gold medal is Australia’s third on the track
- Fellow Aussie Alistair Donohue could add to that tally later today, riding in the men’s C5 4,000m individual pursuit
- Australia’s Gordon Allan will also ride in the men’s 1,000m time trial this afternoon
Reid, the reigning world champion, broke her own world record for the C2 classification, setting a new time of 38.487 seconds.
Given her event involves competitors from three classifications, Reid’s time was factored to give her a final time of 35.581 seconds.
The only rider who could beat her was the Paralympic champion from Rio 2016, Alyda Norbruis.
However the Dutch cyclist finished in a real time of 39.002, factored to a final time of 36.057, leaving Reid with the gold medal.
It is Australia’s third gold medal on the track, following Paige Greco and Emily Petricola’s wins on day one.
Alistair Donohue will have a chance to add to the tally later today, when he rides in the gold medal race of the men’s C5 4,000m individual pursuit.
Donohue, who won a silver medal in Rio in 2016, trailed for most of his heat against Ukraine’s Yehor Dementyev.
But urged on by his coach, Donohue upped the tempo in the final laps to close a gap of nearly a second to a little more than 0.2 of a second with 250m to go.
He maintained his momentum to finish over the top of the Ukrainian rider, logging a time of 4:20.813, 0.223 faster than Dementyev, who will compete in the bronze medal race.
Australia’s Gordon Allan will also ride in the men’s 1,000m time trial this afternoon.